Monday, February 28, 2011

Paolo Roversi: Family Circus

A editorial spread from W Magazine photographed by Paolo Roversi.


This one makes me think of Narnia.




And this one makes me think of the bit in Alice in Wonderland when the baby turns into a big.




I really love Paolo Roversi, his photo's are amazing. This particular spread, while not based on any myth or legend in particular has this essence of fantasy and mystery and other worldliness that I find very engaging. You've just gotta love Paolo Roversi.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Picture of the Week and Other Goodies

I’ve been catching up on my America’s Next Top Model (one of many guilty pleasures) and collecting names of brilliant fashion photographers. As such today’s Picture of the Week is an invocative shot (imho) by photographer Deborah Anderson.

Gorgeous right.

I wanted to try something else today as well. In my study at home I have various corkboards covered in pictures and notes and what have you which I call inspiration boards (I think I stole that from somewhere). Anyway, I was originally going to take a photo of one of these boards and post it, but with my limited photographic skills the board always warps in a fishbowl sort of way. So rather than show you a bulbous cork board with unrecognisable images I thought I’d build a digital inspiration board using Photoshop and featuring our very own PICTURE OF THE WEEK!

Hmmm… It’s ok but I think I rushed it and the ones on my wall are better, no strike that it’s growing on me, I’m quite fond of it.

So as best I can I’ll tell you who the images are by or where I got them in order from left to right moving down the image:
1.       Fashion photograph by Eugenio Recuenco
2.       Ophelia by John Everett Millais
3.       Vogue.com
4.       Fashion photograph by Paolo Roversi
5.       PICTURE OF THE WEEK Mwahahahahahahaa
6.       http://www.bestfitdirectors.com/ (This website has absolutely nothing to do with anything on this blog I just thought the pic fitted on the board.)
7.       http://www.twingraffix.com/rooms_victorian.html (This is the same as number 5)
8.       Fashion photograph by Paolo Roversi
9.       Pia de Tolomei by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
10.   Curtis Botanical Magazine Vol. 1-2

Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Something Wicked This Way Comes


This Friday I am going to see the musical Wicked (I’m very excited) and so I thought I’d focus today’s post on… Witches! The beautiful and the hideous, the evil and benevolent, the famous and obscure who doesn’t love a Witch.


Morgan Le Fay by Frederick Sandys.

















Circe by John William Waterhouse.






















Medea by Alphonse Mucha.


































Baba Yaga by Ivan Bibilin.


















And here are a couple of pictures of witches in film;

The two states of the witch in Disney’s Snow White (1937).






Tilda Swintion as the White Witch in Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005).


Michelle Pfeiffer as Lamia in Stardust (2007).


What I find most interesting in depictions of witches is the variation. Some are truly stunning others grotesque, they can be extremely powerful or just petty. Peoples understanding of witches has changed a lot since Circe and will continue to evolve as we add new meanings and images to those already existing. That’s just my opinion of course.

Enjoy!

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Illustrators Galore!

Some beautiful images by various artists from the Golden Age of Illustration;

‘Waltraute Confronts Brunhilde’ by Arthur Rackham (1867 - 1939)


Illustration 11 of Edgar Allan Poe’s Raven by Paul Gustave Doré (1832 - 1883)

Scheherazadè from The Arabian Nights by Edmund Dulac (1181 – 1953)

Illustration from The Goose Girl by Walter Crane (1845 – 1915)

‘She Held Tight to the White Bear’ from East of the Sun West of the Moon by Kay Nielson (1886 – 1957)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Picture of the Week

This image was photographed by Chris Craymer (http://www.chriscraymer.com/ ) for Vanity Fair. It’s my favourite for the week because it is beautiful, striking and fun, look at that kid’s grin.
It is also a contemporary reimaging of a very old story, Edmund Spenser’s epic poem The Faerie Queene first published in 1590.



The first book of The Faerie Queene focus on the adventures of the Knight of the Red Crosse who is accompanied by a beautiful maiden, as is usually the case.
Here are two stanza’s from the poem describing each the knight and the maiden. It’s written in Old English because do doesn’t love reading Old English… right?
But on his brest a bloudie Crosse he bore,
    The deare remembrance of his dying Lord,
    For whose sweete sake that glorious badge he wore,
    And dead as liuing euer him ador'd:
    Vpon his shield the like was also scor'd,
    For soueraine hope, which in his helpe he had:
    Right faithfull true he was in deede and word,
    But of his cheere did seeme too solemne sad;
Yet nothing did he dread, but euer was ydrad.
A louely Ladie rode him faire beside,
    Vpon a lowly Asse more white then snow,
    Yet she much whiter, but the same did hide
    Vnder a vele, that wimpled was full low,
    And ouer all a blacke stole she did throw,
    As one that inly mournd: so was she sad,
    And heauie sat vpon her palfrey slow:
    Seemed in heart some hidden care she had,
And by her in a line a milke white lambe she lad.


You can read the rest of the first book, in all its Old Englishy goodness, here: http://www.luminarium.org/renascence-editions/queene1.html


And just for fun here is my favourite image depicting a character from The Faerie Queene;

Una and the Lion by Briton Rivière.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Rapunzel

In honour of Disney’s latest fairytale based, animated film, Tangled, I would like to focus the opening entry of this blog on the story Rapunzel.
The well loved tale has been told again and again by such legends of fairytale as the brothers Grimm, Giambattista Basile and Andrew Lang (these versions and others can be found here; http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0310.html#basile).
Still from Tangled – I think you can imagine how extensive the art department not mention the CGI and visual effects studios were on this film so I won’t list them here, but you can check all that out at IMDb.com
Cover art by Katalin Szegedi for a copy of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s Rapunzel.
By Frank Cadogan Cowper (1900).
By Emma Florence Henderson.
From a fashion editorial photographed by Fiona Quinn.
Rapunzel’s Tower from Tangled.
“Let Down Your Hair” by Anne Anderson.
Illustration by Gordon Laite from the Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang published in 1889 (If you’ve seen Tangled you’ll know that Disney’s Rapunzel also uses a hook to offset the scalp ripping pain of having someone climb up your hair, it doesn’t seem to be working though.)

Indulge your imagination,
Sarah

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